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Old 07-07-16, 08:28 AM
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Fitness, routing app

Hello all,

Newb here! My wife, son and I have just started riding. We are not hardcore or going offroad. We just ride around the city and parks. That being said I would still like recommendations on which app is best. I have Strava and Mapmyride. Strava seemed complicated and intimidating while mapmyride seems more user friendly. Is there a certain one that is better than the other for tracking route, speed, time and calorie burn etc.?

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Old 07-07-16, 09:27 AM
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Seriously, leave the gadgets at home and ride. You really need to watch traffic like a hawk when you are riding, not look down at some d*mn cellphone.
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Old 07-07-16, 10:03 AM
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I'm really enjoying Runtastic. There is a free version: Runtastic Road Bike Tracker. I will try Strava because everyone uses it so l want to see what is all about.
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Old 07-07-16, 10:04 AM
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Oh and by the way, congratulations! Enjoy riding and be safe!
Such a blessing to have your family involve!
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Old 07-07-16, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Seriously, leave the gadgets at home and ride. You really need to watch traffic like a hawk when you are riding, not look down at some d*mn cellphone.
I have no intentions of looking at it while riding. However, if I can drop it in my pocket and see what my avg speed, calorie burn, route info and time is once I have arrived where I am going that would be great.

Liz33, you are right, it makes it a lot more fun and enjoyable!
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Which model cell phone do you have?

There is this also...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....android&hl=en
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Old 07-07-16, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
How does it know how much calorie you just burned?
I do not think it is that involved. It takes into account my body weight, speed and road grade (just the simple things) and gives an estimation of caloric burn, I think it actually has a pedometer function that helps it calculate the estimate as well.

Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Does it take into account wind speed/direction, elevation change, weight of bike-rider, and aerodynamic drag, and # of times you stop for traffic lite?
Since I have had my bike all of a day I will leave the thermodynamic nuclear physics to someone looking to cure massive boredom or perhaps world peace.

I am more of simple question, simple answer kind of guy.
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I use Map My Ride and I also have a cyclocomputer on my bikes. Map My Ride is nice as it maps out the ride and down loads the stat online and on my phone. Not sure why anyone would be watching their cellphone during a ride, as I ride with it my jersey pocket. There are more than a few apps, so use what you like.
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There are several out there, Strava is probably a bit more serious as you might have noticed. Lots of people use MapMyRide as an alternative, I believe both are pretty good at what they do, regarding routing and ride recording.

Just one word of caution, all of them tend to be high on the calorie burn count, Strava has been the most accurate from my experience but unless you're running a power meter, it's all a bit of a guess.
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It's a great idea to log and keep track of your bicycle activities. In my first post here when I recently joined here as a newbie, people with experience also recommended me to keep track and it's a great way to see your progress and to motivate yourself. For me it's been very motivating. I'm competitive and I work great with goals so it's really nice seeing what I do and competing against myself to reach higher and higher goals. I'm sure other people, also with experience can advise you to forget about these kind of tracking applications and to just ride. I'm sure they mean well because that's what it works for them, but if something else works good for you, go ahead and have fun your way.
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Originally Posted by kermie View Post
Not sure why anyone would be watching their cellphone during a ride
Yea, that would be less than safe and more than stupid.

I agree with you Liz, I like to see the progress and time/miles and get the little achievements from different milestones or routes. I think for now I will stick with mapmyride.
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Since you're not interested in tracking your route in real-time, but looking more for a post-ride summary, my advise is to skip the trackers altogether. Get a simple wired cyclocomputer- it will be more accurate in terms of speed and distance (GPS-based data can be rather iffy due to various interference factors). Plus, it won't drain your phone's battery .

You can then log your ride info with whatever service or spreadsheet that you like.
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I picked Strava mainly because there's a Bike Forums Commuter group on it. It has a strong social media component (segments, personal records, KOM) and a strong athletic training component (heart meter, power meter data) but I don't have the speed for the former or the equipment for the latter.
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